Chapman, Canovic Lead Morris Knolls Boys Soccer to Dominant Victory in County Tourney Opener


DENVILLE, NJ - The Morris Knolls boys soccer team overwhelmed Butler, 10-0, in their first Morris County Tournament game on Saturday, and will move on the play Parsippany Hills in the second round.

“We got 10 goals, it was a county game, we didn’t expect that much, but we played well enough to earn it today,” said Golden Eagles head coach Mike Mugavero.

Senior captain Mike Chapman scored two of the first three goals in the game.

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“He’s a target figure, and he causes a lot of havoc up front,” praised Mugavero. “I think he could have had a couple more goals, he created a lot of stuff, and his play is definitely something to look forward too down the road.”

Chapman didn’t want to get too ahead of himself, but acknowledged the game he had despite limited playing time, “I came out, scored some goals, and just tried to lead them to victory.

The Golden Eagles didn’t waste any time pulling away from Butler as they scored seven goals in the first 26 minutes, and closed out the first half with a strong 7-0 lead.

“It was a great game,” said Chapman. “We came out strong, put a lot of goals in the net and we played well.”  He certainly meant “We” as a bunch of his teammates got into the act as well, led by Adrian Canovic, who had a monster game himself, tallying three goals and an assist.

They were supported by Ryan Johansson and John Sherman who had two assists each, as well as Nick Errante, Brian Perez, Adrian Sameshima, and Tommy Scalici who all had goals in the game.

Chapman is also excited to move forward here, but he knows that Parsippany Hills isn’t going to be a push over. “Definitely, can’t wait for the next county game, it’s always exciting. They are very good, they always come out strong every year, but we just gotta bring it too.”

The Golden Eagles dropped back for the rest of the game, but were able to score another three goals in the second half to help seal the win.

We have Parsippany Hills on Monday, and we also have them in the county game, so it’s a conference game, and a county game against them,” said Mugavero. “We want them both but at least a win on Monday first would be nice.”

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